Another Coup in Zimbabwe? Army and police clashes send wrong signal


By FRANCIS OGBONNA


Soldiers and police in Zimbabwe on Sunday had a confrontation with politicians in Zimbabwe, sparking horror that the country could see its second coup this month.
This situation adds more burden on the shoulder of the new President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took over power last week, and is struggling to reassure Zimbabweans of his competence, amid stiff antagonism from the opposition party- the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC).
Already, soldiers and the police will be patrolling the streets of the capital Harare together, according to state media.
The Zimbabwean army and police put out a joint statement warning people to "respect the laws" of the country.
Opposing this move, the MDC is demanding the army will return to their barracks and stay out of national politics.
Party spokesman Obert Gutu told local press: "Put bluntly, the security services should never, ever be active political players going forward."

Elderly dictator Robert Mugabe, 93, was forced from power in a military coup after 37 years in power.
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